Eugene Pieterse is a Potchefstroom based artist with a love for travel and a satirizing perception on life. He’s a lover of photography and any art medium he can get his hands on.
His art is based on the various interpretations viewers bring to the table when they view his pieces, meaning that the viewer is left to perceive his artworks based on their own experiences – be it contextual, social, historical or culturally driven.
Eugene knows how, when and why an individual’s perspective influences the portrayal of art, forcing viewers to critically engage with what they know, what they fear and what might be absent from their understanding.
Contemporary South-African artist Phillip-Reece Swanepoel, was born in Cape Town in May of 1996, but relocated to Mossel Bay shortly hereafter where he matriculated from Point High School and matriculated in 2014 with a distinction in visual art and the ambition to study towards a degree in fine art. Gripped by youth’s opportunity and impulsiveness, Swanepoel moved to Chengdu, Sichuan, China at the age of 19 where he worked as an English tutor. “Here I met amazing people, experienced Chinese modern and traditional art and experimented with unorthodox meals. Eventually I came back with a better perspective on the great, big world through a different lens and an objective view of South Africa.” Swanepoel contributed his new interest in education to these experiences, which lead to his enrollment towards a degree in education at the North West University, where he is majoring in art education whilst building on a prolific body of work. Swanepoel's art comments on contemporary context, presents an unbiased address of the situation and questions the reality of individualism and the day and age.
Exhibitions 2013- Duo exhibition with André Espach (Mossel Bay, Studio Namasté)
2014- End-year school exhibition (Mossel Bay, Mariaan Kotzé Gallery and Studio)
2015- SCAVA group exhibition (George, George Museum)
2016- Solo exhibition (Potchefstroom)
2017- North-West University group exhibition (Potchefstroom, Sanlam Auditorium Lobby)
2017- ArtWalk group exhibition (Potchefstroom, Potchefstroom Gallery and Museum)
2017- Kaslani Private Nature Reserve Exhibition and Auction for rhino protection fund. (Hoedspruit, Limpopo)
2017 - OpenArt group exhibition with Ric Holt, Trevor Rose, etc. (Mossel Bay, Riviera Hotel)
2018 - Group exhibition at Johann van Heerden gallery. (Garsfontein, Pretoria)
2018 – Solo exhibition titled ‘Unpretty Outcasts', Potchefstroom Museum.